Ramsar Convention on Wetlands


convention on wetlands

The Convention on Wetlands, signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971 is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands, including rivers and lakes, coastal lagoons, mangroves, peatlands and coral reefs. It also covers human-made wetlands such as fish and shrimp ponds, farm ponds, irrigated agricultural land, salt pans, reservoirs, gravel pits, sewage farms and canals. 

More than 2,000 wetland sites, totaling over 200 million hectares, have been designated for inclusion by its 168 member states in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance as of July 2014. 

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Website: www.ramsar.org
Email: ramsar@ramsar.org
Tel.: +41 22 999 0170
Fax.: +41 22 999 0169
Physical address: Rue Mauverney 28, CH-1196 Gland, Switzerland
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